10 Things You Should Know About Incarceration in the U.S.

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  • Crime Rates Have Dropped
  • Low-Income Individuals More Likely to Be Victims of Crime
  • Most Criminals are Under 30
  • Low-Income Youth More Likely to Commit Riskier Crimes
  • Stricter Laws Have Increased the Incarceration Rate
  • U.S. Incarceration Rate Extremely Higher Than Other Countries
  • Black Men Without HS Diploma Most Likely to Be Imprisoned
  • Corrections Expenditures Have Skyrocketed in Past Decades
  • Children of High School Dropouts More Likely to See Fathers Locked Up
  • Juvenile Incarceration Negatively Impacts Young People's Future

Crime Rates Have Dropped

As crime rates fall in the United States, incarceration is still an economic and social issue for families and communities, according to a recent report by the Hamilton Project. Take a look at 10 things you should know about the prison system in America. —Natelege Whaley 

In the past 25 years, crime rates have steadily spiraled down. Between 1991 and 2001, rates dropped nearly 30 percent. They fell another 22 percent between 2001 and 2012.

(Photo: Lucy Nicholson/Reuters)

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